tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS November 11, 2014 6:30pm-7:01pm EST
>> pelley: tonight, the deep freeze kicks in. temperatures plunge as the snow piles up. jamie yuccas on the polar vortex consuming america. the doctor who had ebola leaves a new york hospital. >> today, i am healthy and no longer infectious. >> pelley: dr. jon lapook on the stigma facing those who fight the disease. major garrett is in beijing where president obama met face to face with two rivals. anna werner on a big change for many students applying to college. and on veterans day, mark strassman with a slaenl new mission-- to stop the emdemmic of military suicides. >> it's not a sign of weak tons get help. it's a sign of strength.
captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. in the blink of an eye, the the change as the post sent colder air. st. cloud, minnesota, got more than 13 inches of snow, a record for november. here's how quickly it's spreading. wichita, kansas, tie aid record yesterday at 77 degrees. it could plunge to 15 overnight. sanford, texas, has gone from 85 to an expected low tonight of 12. we have more now from jamie yuccas of wcco, our cbs station in minneapolis. >> reporter: in nebrask aicy roads and stuck cars brought traffic to a crawl and put people power tout test. curtis flowers spend the morning moving cars off the road. >> the secret, is put the vehicle in low, stop spinning, and let it roll. >> reporter: slick roads in
minnesota caused a semistruck to jackknife overnight when another semilost control and slammed into it and the surrounding police cars. there were no serious injuries. the storm dropped almost 25 inches of snow in parts of michigan, more than 16 in minnesota, and 18 in wisconsin, where steven schreier was clearing his sidewalk. >> i'm glad i bought a snow blower. >> reporter: the frigid colf causeed by a storm that hit lask over the weekend will continue pushing deep into the south. by friday's, every state, except hawaii and florida, will have below-freezing temperatures. >> knock, knock! is anyone home? renee nyman and bre schell are street outreach workers with st. stephen's human services. they spent today checking place where's the homeless often gather. this site was empty, but they fear that more than 200 people could be sleeping outside the next few nights. >> it's early for shelters to be filling up as fast as they are. to have a "we're full" sign on the door is pretty-- it's pretty
unusual for this time of year. >> reporter: now, shelters will find room for anyone, but need donations, food and clothing don't come in until the holidays. and, scott, thursday's low is expected to be 4 degrees. we haven't seen the single digits here in minneapolis since last march. >> pelley: jamie yuccas of wcco. jamie, thank you very much. the doctor who caught ebola in west africa was released from a new york hospital today. dr. craig spencer is ebola-free, and so, now, is the united states. he was the last patient. spencer had a message for the nation today, and here's dr. jon lapook. ( applause ) >> reporter: dr. craig spencer walked out of bellevue hospital this morning and into a media frenzy. after thanking the staff who took care of him, he made this plea. >> please joining me in turning our attention back to west africa and ensuring that medical volunteers other and aid workers do not face stigma and threats upon their return home. >> reporter: spencer has been a case study in the public's reaction to ebola.
his travel on the subway and trip to a bowling al headline lead new york and new jersey to establish a quarantine policy for health care workers returning from west africa. 16 states now have some form of a quarantine. guile traveled to guinea with doctors without borders. now back in the u.s., she just finished a 21-day quarantine. >> my family had planned a trip to cape cod, and my family member, he decided he didn't want to come because he was afraid of me. >> reporter: did you try to explain it to me? >> how it worked out is he decide he preferred to stay gnome homeand not come. i don't want to make people uncomfortable. >> reporter: the stigma associated with ebola is hampering efforts to control it in west africa. lina moses said it has led to a drop in workers. >> if you're oftrarathbone sized in your community, you're not getting paid for tthen there's little incentive to actually do what is necessary to stop this oatbrawk. >> reporter: a new american-built health care
center opened over the weekend in monrovia, liberia. facilities like this create a greater demand for workers. the united nations estimates about 5,000 more workers are needed. as for moses, she's already back in sierra leone. >> i think the people that are responding to this ebola outbreak, particularly the local staffs, are heroes. and they should be applauded as they walk down the streets instead of shunned. >> reporter: the experience with ebola here may help ease fears. in the u.s. only, the two nurses who had direct contact with the body fluids of an ebola victim in dallas became infected. more than 800 others who had contact with the nine patients treated in america have remained free of the disease. >> pelley: amazing courage among these health care workers. doctor, thanks very much. today, president obama was the guest of honor at a dinner hosted by the chairman of the chinese communist party xi jingping, who is also china's president. facing the two leaders was a
chinese menu of issues raising from relentless chinese hacking of u.s. computers to the possibility of more open trade. major garrett is traveling with the president. >> reporter: the two presidents enjoyed a night time stroll in the gardens will of the communist party's leadership compound. part of four hours of intense negotiations, aimed at shifting the super powers' relationship. president obama and president xi met last year in california. today president obama said the conversations were candid and product. my hope is we can build upon that progress and take the relationship to a new level over the coming years. >> reporter: beijing agreed to join a 54-nation pact lowering tariffs on high-tech products a move likely to create jobs in the u.s. and lower consumer prices in china. the u.s. and china were also set to announce new military procedures to avoid confrontations in the south china sea, where chinese and
u.s. patrols frequently cross paths. mr. obama also met three times on the summit sidelines with russian president vladimir putin. their conversations focused on the russian incursion into ukraine. he attracted attention across china when he draped the shawl over the shoulders of china's first lady during the chilly opening fireworks. censors shut down what had become a somewhat lively debate about putin's motives and the first lady's reaction. >> pelley: major garrett in beijing tonight. major, thank you. the chinese president is known for his campaign against corruption, which runs rife through the chinese government from small towns to megacities. seth doane is our man in beijing. >> reporter: president xi jingping is just two years into a 10-year term. he's taken dramatic steps to
consolidate power by crack down on corruption. more than 80,000 communist party members have been investigated so far. some have lost their jobs. others have been kicked out of the communist party. and no one, no matter how high ranking, appears safe. top general xu caihou was targeted last month. he was booted from the communist party after confessing to taking bribes. and zhou yongkang, once one of the most powerful men in the country is also under investigation. he is accused of unspecified crimes. his whereabouts are now unknown. but china has had trouble apprehending corrupt officials who have fled the country. at this week's apec summit, the chinese government proposed more cross-border cooperation, pursuing those outside of beijing's reach. it has gained the support of key
countries, including the united states. chine's foreign minister wang yi, met with the u.s. secretary of state, john kerry last month. "we hope countries can offer their understanding and support to china," he said, "and don't become shelters for the fugitives." scott, despite the tens of thousands of people netted in this corruption crackdown, there is a sense here among those we speak with that it is just a tiny fraction of corrupt officials and a feeling that president zi would never really be able to go far enough to route out corruption because it is so widespread. >> pelley: seth, thank you very much. government even in america is becoming murkier because of campaign finance laws that have become nearly a free-for-all. the midterm election this month was the most expensive in history, and $145 million came from anonymous donors, so no one knows who's buying what in washington. nancy cordes explains.
>> reporter: republican leader mitch mcconnell's biggest outside backer in his bid for reelection was a little-known group called the kentucky opportunity coalition, which spent at least $7.5 million on ads against mcconnell's opponent. >> grimes should be ashamed of herself. >> reporter: the group's donors are a secret, thanks to a series of recent court decisions, certain nonprofit groups are no longer trierd list those names. when cbs asked, we were told: >> you can't have fair elections when a lot of the money is hidden and nobody knows who's behind it? >> bill allison is with the sunlight foundation, which tracks so-called dark money groups, like the generically named patriot majority u.s.a., which spent $10.7 million this year against republicans. >> congressman cotton, he got student loans for harvard, but cotton slammed the door on us. >> reporter: in colorado's
senate race, more than a third of all spending came from anonymous donors. >> cory gardner isn't telling the whole truth. >> reporter: there are those who say, look, just because i want to support ape cause doesn't mean i want my name out there. isn't that a fair position to take? >> in some ways, you know, supporting a cause i can understand, but these aren't causes that they're supporting. these are candidates, and when you're trying to elect candidates, i think the public should know who it is who is spending the money. >> reporter: many republicans, including leader mcconnell, argue campaign spending is a form of free speech and should be regulated less, not more. a democratic bill that would require groups to disclose their donors did not pass in the senate, and, scott, now that republicans are taking over that body, that bill is even less likely to go anywhere. >> pelley: nancy cordes within sight from capitol hill, nancy, thank you very much. today, iraqi forces are claiming a big win in their fight with the islamic terrorist group known as isis. the iraqis say they have retaken
the northern town of baji, home of iraq's largest oil refinery. for days, there has also been conflicting reports of whether the leader of isis has been wounded. >> reporter: it has been more than 72 hours since abu bakr al-baghdadi was reported injured in an airstrike, and still there are no hard facts to confirm or deny. but even if the isis leader was hurt or killed, isis would quickly find a successor in its battle-hardened senior ranks. there have now been 740 american airstrikes in iraq and syria since early august, includinga at least one near mosul last friday's that targeted a convoy of isis leader, but no proof abu bakr al-baghdadi was among them. the bombs have slowed the militants' speedy advance, and helped kurdish peshmerga soldiers in the north hold their
ground. in the town of kobani, they even pushed isis back, but that was an exception. in spite of the u.s. military spending an average of $8.3 million a day on this operation, isis hasn't given up much, if any territory. it still controls a huge wedge, more than 10,000 square miles of iraq and syria, including major roads and border crossings. to win that back, there will have to be competent boots on the ground. iraqi boots, that is. at the moment, as we saw on a recent visit, the iraqi army is holding its own around baghdad. but it struggled to win any major offensive operations recently against the better-disppped in some cases better armed isis units. but getting the iraqi army into good fighting shape, scott, is going to take time. the extra 1500 american military advisers being sent to help won't even pack their bags until
congress has voted extra money to fund this anti-isis operation. >> pelley: and the white house is asking for $$5 billion in funding. elizabeth palmer reporting from our london newsroom tonight. thank you, liz. hundreds of colleges are changing the requirements for prospective students. have that when the cbs evening news continues this veterans day. i have a cold. i took nyquil but i'm still stuffed up. nyquil cold and flu liquid gels don't unstuff your nose. really? alka-seltzer plus night rushes relief to eight symptoms of a full blown cold including your stuffy nose. (breath of relief) oh, what a relief it is. thanks. anytime.
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>> pelley: many high schoolers are applying to college, and traditionally that means taking the s.a.t., but anna werner reports some schools are rethinking that. >> reporter: it's natalie casimir's first semester at wake forest university in north carolina. to get in, she had a high school g.p.a. of 3.7, and a long list of honors and extra-curricular activities. one thing she did not have to submit-- her s.a.t. score. >> i said, no way! woe way! >> reporter: you didn't believe it? >> i didn't, i did not. >> reporter: wake forest is one of a growing number of schools that have dropped the requirement for an s.a.t. score, traditionally a key admission countryitary. some 800 schools now let students apply without it. martha allman is dean of admissions. >> we see many students who simply don't test well. they have intellectual curiosity
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>> pelley: as america honors those who have served the country, we cannot ignore the epidemic of suicide among veterans. every day, 22 commit suicide, 8,000 per year. mark strassman met a soldier whose final mission is to stop this. >> reporter: in july of 2007, lieutenant justin fitch was deployed and depressed in northern iraq. >> we lost 15 to 16 people killed in action from our task force. >> reporter: all those casualties, took a toll on you, too. >> absolutely. it's never good to see someone that was just a good person, you know, hauled away on a stretcher with an american flag over them. >> reporter: fitch hit bottom when his buddy, lieutenant benjamin hall, was killed in afghanistan. >> they took my n4 assault rifle and put a round in the chamber, flipped the switch from safe to
fire, and put the muzz toll my head. >> reporterhead. >> reporter: how close did you come to pull that trigger? >> i honestly don't know why i'm alive today. >> reporter: fitch got counseling, recovered and serve aid second deployment in iraq. but in may of 2012, while stationed in massachusetts, his intestines exploded. >> they discovered a bunch of small tumors that spread all over the place. i was told that i had stage 4 cancer, and it's incurable. >> reporter: colon cancer. doctors tell him he has monthses to live. >> how you doing today? >> i'm all right. >> reporter: he has chemotherapy every other week because the 32-year-old has a new mission. >> we've got this big agenda. >> reporter: stopping military suicides through a group called "carry the fallen." last sunday, sunday, 100 volunteers marched the entire
boston marathon course, 26.2 miles, to raise money for awareness. >> suicide is preventible. you can have an impact and you can see impact, you can feel impact, and every time that happens, i feel good. >> reporter: army medic denise florio returne returned from irn 2004 suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. she still calls justin fitch when she's feeling down. >> he's got a very infectious personality, plus it's nice to have that person who checks in and you and you check in on them. >> reporter: fitch will get a medical discharge and retire as a major in january. he'll spend whatever time he has left helping keep other soldiers alive. mark strassman, cbs news, boston. >> pelley: and that's the cbs evening news on veterans day. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access
>> welcome back everyone to our veterans multi service center phone bank. i'm dom giordano if you've been watch dag you understand just how important this organization is to our local veterans. if you're just joining us, here's a great example. here's tim the executive director of the vmc recently retired army special forces colonel with over 30 years of active duty service tours in iraq and purple heart recipient for his distinguished service for our country. now colonel tim, i understand that you are leading this campaign coalition totop homelessness and there is a very, very unique part of this. why don't you tell us about the unique part. >> dom, we are, what we're doing coalition to end veterans homelessness by 2015 and starting a movement to reroute the cardboard what we'd like to do is ve the community support us in showing how you can raise awareness about veterans
homelessness. why the cardboard? what's behind that? is this something we've all seen that's very sad denning. >> it is. you see people holding up cardboard signs all the the time asking for help but now we're trying to turn that around. reroute the cardboard and show how you can help raising airwayness about veterans homelessness. this mission of ending veterans homelessness in 2015, 2015 is right around the corner, how do you see that being a ssibility? >> well, i believe that we can do it, dom. i think it will take the whole region not just the city though no make this happen. and we're at the vmc is working with the surrounding areas to combat this issue together. there's an opportunity for everyone to support something like this and all of the other projects when you're donating this is exactly what you're doing. uri writing some of these sad stories. so get up right now get to your phone. make a donation and rewrite the cardboard. more coming up. >> this veterans day phone bank is sponsored by the veterans multi service center. donate now by calling one-844-